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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Charlotte Hubbard Celebrates the Joy and Challenges of Motherhood in Her New Novel, "A Mother's Gift"!

      "A Mothers Gift"
    By Charlotte Hubbard


Charlotte Hubbard celebrates the joys and challenges of motherhood in this uplifting story, set amid the warmth and tradition of an Amish Missouri farm community.

For Leah Otto, marrying Jude Shetler is a long-held dream come true. As a young girl, she was captivated by his good looks and talent as an auctioneer. When Jude, now a widower with three children, begins to court her, Leah doesn’t hesitate. Other men may not appreciate her tomboy ways, but Jude values Leah’s practical nature and her skill with the animals she tends, and both enter the marriage with joy and optimism.

Three months later, Leah feels as if her world is coming down around her. Her twin teenage 
step-daughters, Alice and Adeline, are pushing boundaries and taking far too many risks, while five-year-old Stevie deeply misses his mother. Leah, more at ease in a barn tending her goats and chickens than in a kitchen, struggles with her housekeeping duties. 

Then a baby is abandoned on their doorstep, and Leah must search her soul. Caring for little Betsy fills her with renewed purpose and the strength to begin pulling her family together. With Jude’s steadfast support, Leah finds that what she once thought of as a happy ending may be something even better—the beginning of a life rich in love, faith, and unexpected blessings.

My Thoughts:

For those readers who are like myself and LOVE the Amish fiction genre, this book is a MUST read!! Charlotte Hubbard has become one of my favorite authors in this field. She writes with a clear knowledge of these Plain People and portrays them as they really are, filled with questions, problems, worries and times of joy, just as you and I have.  This is NOT your typical "cookie cutter" Amish story of girl meets boy, fall in love, get married..... You know what I mean! Charlotte brings us a story of the importance of faith and forgiveness within a blended family who meets many unusual and serious problems on their journey toward becoming a loving, caring, forgiving family! 

The characters are so realistically and well described that the reader easily becomes part of them, feeling every pain along this rocky road they travel. Leah became my best friend as I empathised with her problems with her twin step daughters! Oh, what quirky unique girls they are!! I felt for Leah as she fought a seemingly unending battle of trying to get these teen girls to accept her and love  her . Jude was the kind of man that we all wish to have as a husband, kind, supportive and oh so understanding. 

The plot was overflowing with unexpected twists and turns. There were surprising complications at every turn of the page. I was so engrossed within this book that  the world passed me by as I read! I have to admit that I read this book in two days!! No time for housework when I have a Charlotte Hubbard book in my hands!

This author shows us Amish life as it really is, with differing personalities and similar problems to you and I.  Leah exhibited a strength that I only wish that I had!  What love and forgiveness she maintained throughout the story !! God's love shines through and helps this family find comfort and forgiveness. 

This is definitely a five star book!!  Don't miss this superb tale!!!

This book was received as a gift. The opinions and thoughts expressed are honest and my own.


  1. Karla, thank you so much for your enthusiastic review! I appreciate the help you give me promoting my books!

  2. I am looking forward to reading this book! I can't wait !


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